Now I am one of standardization of things. but, somethings I can’t always get behind. One example of this is the newly created WebAuth standardization by W3. As this news article (and the official documentation) describes. The use of this new standard aims to make the biometric forms of authentication easier to implement on a website. While I do like the idea of biometrics becoming more standardized. I also fear that it will make biometrics more popular. As I’ve described before I much prefer the use of traditional passwords using a trusted password manager. Things like Ybikeys appear to make this sort of thing easier for the somewhat self-described dinosaur like me to adopt. Although I have yet to actually get one yet). But I’m still scared to death that I will lose something like a Ybikey. I can just simply make a copy of my password database and store it in a trusted place (like a safety deposit box for example).
I understand that not everyone uses a password manager. (in fact, in my experience the vast majority of people don’t). As I’ve discussed before, demand for biometrics has been increasing. And for them, biometrics is a GREAT solution for them. I just hope that the vast majority of websites do not begin accepting EXCLUSIVELY biometric authentication with no other methods for people like me. I do plan on getting an Ybikey at some point, but depending on how this all folds out I may end up getting one sooner rather then later.